How can I use Photos and iCloud to store my 73GB photo li­brary?

Mac Format - - GENIUS TIPS - by M a r t i n T u c k

Even by pro­fes­sional stan­dards, a 73GB li­brary is large and Photos isn’t the best for manag­ing it

QI have started us­ing Photos and iCloud Photo Li­brary for my 73GB col­lec­tion of pic­tures. Photos does not let me keep my old folder struc­ture, so I’m hav­ing to cre­ate al­bums in its li­brary, but they ap­pear in the or­der in which they were scanned, rather than by the year of the orig­i­nal im­age. How can I deal with that?

APho­tos is un­likely to be a good plat­form for your li­brary, which is large even by pro­fes­sional stan­dards, and re­mote stor­age will be ex­pen­sive; you’d need iCloud’s 1TB stor­age plan, which will set you back £6.99 per month.

Since Ap­ple killed Aper­ture, the re­main­ing equiv­a­lent is Adobe Pho­to­shop Light­room, avail­able in a range of pack­ages, most based on a monthly sub­scrip­tion. Even that app can strug­gle with very large li­braries, for which a full-blown dig­i­tal as­set man­age­ment (DAM) sys­tem such as Ex­ten­sis Port­fo­lio (ex­ten­sis. com) is bet­ter, al­though it isn’t cheap.

The app lets you time-shift the dates of mul­ti­ple se­lected images, which should deal with how scans are or­dered.

Photos is not yet ma­ture enough to start us­ing with huge im­age li­braries, though it’s okay for smaller ones.

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